Welcome! I'm Melanie & I sell fabric through my online shop, Modern Organic Fabrics. This journal shares my inspiration and projects, both sewing & non-sewing, as well as shop updates.  

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My Happy Nursery


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Expected: December :: Beach Mod by Monaluna

Expected: October :: Handloom Shirting


Expected: November :: Marine by Dan Stiles

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Organic Sewing: Show and Tell with Liesl

Meet Liesl of Liesl Made. Today she is going to tell us a little about what she sews with organic cotton fabrics:

Modern Organic Fabrics: What do you make with organic cotton fabric?

Liesl: Mostly I’ve been making women’s clothes. Some for my shop, but, of course, some for myself as well! I’ve made dresses, pajama bottoms, skirts.

Modern Organic Fabrics: Which fabric do you use?

Liesl: Mostly I’ve been using Harmony Art Organic Fabrics.

Modern Organic Fabrics: What do you like about the fabric?

Liesl: The extra wide width is fun. I haven’t done a project that requires such a wide width but I love that the option is there. Plus the quality really is top notch.

(skirts made with organic twill)

Modern Organic Fabrics: How do you make your clothes? Do you use a pattern? If so, which ones?

Liesl: For the dresses I make, I use the Coffee Date Dress (http://www.burdastyle.com/patterns/coffee-date-dress-multisize-sample) over at Burda Style as a launching point—adjusting the pattern for different specific measurements. I made my own pattern for my pajamas, copying an old pair I bought. (I actually just posted a tutorial for the shorts on my blog! Here is the link: http://lieslmade.wordpress.com/2010/10/06/pj-shorts-tutorial-with-pattern/). Other times, I’ve used vintage patterns that I’ve adjusted—like for my pencil skirts. 

Thanks for sharing, Liesl! You can find Liesl at:

Liesl Made (blog)

Liesl Made (Etsy shop)

Have you made something with organic cotton fabrics? Would you like to be featured here? Email me using the link over in the right column!


Happy Monday Giveaway Day!

Today's Happy Monday Giveaway is a half yard each of Ogee and Caravan from Daisy Janie's Geo Grand collection.

To enter to win, leave a comment on this post about your favorite sewing book(s). Do you love books for instruction? Inspiration? Both? Other?

Comments close Friday night at midnight. Good luck!


Winner: Pink and Green Fat Quarters

Congratulations Holly! You won the pink and green fat quarters from the Free to Grow collection.

I like Manda on Treefall for her fabrics and inspiration and India Knight for her random loveliness (http://indiaknight.posterous.com/).

I so enjoyed your responses about the blogs that inspire you that I plan to do a blog post about them in the future.


Sneak Peek: Anika and Marin from Monaluna

Today, a little sneak peek of Monaluna's two new lines: Anika and Marin. Expected in the shop in early Spring 2011.

Click here to be notified when Anika becomes available.

Click here to be notified when Marin becomes available.


My Happy Nursery: Pre-Order and Inspiration

My Happy Nursery is now available for pre-order! It will arrive the shop early next week, but you can reserve you order now, if you wish, and it will ship as soon as it arrives (depending on postal hours).

And here's a little dose of My Happy Nursery inspiration for you:

Pillows made from My Happy Nursery by Cloud9 Fabrics.

A quilt made with five fat quarters of My Happy Nursery by Michelle Engel Bencsko of Cloud9 Fabrics.

 A free pattern called Birds and Elephants in the Nursery by Mark Lipinski, found on his Fabric Trends website.

Baby Cloud, a Cherri House design for Cloud9 Fabrics. The pattern can be found in the Fall 2010 issue of Mark Lipinski's Fabric Trends for Quilters. Information about how to order or where to find the magazine can be found here.

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